Today's Idioms are brought to you by the letter E.
1. At the eleventh hour, just before the curtain rose, Sybil finished painting the scenery.
Meaning: at the latest possible time; just before the absolute deadline
Origin: In the bible, the eleventh hour is the last hour before the end of the world, the last hour of sunlight before the twelth hour, which immersed the world in darkness. People who procrastinate and wait until just the last minute are said to do something in the eleventh hour.
Meaning: to be apologetic or suffer humiliation; to act humble or admit guilt.
Origin: Humble pie comes from Medieval times, where there was actually a pie called “umble” or “numble”. Umbles were the hearts, livers, and entrails of deer and other animals, and only servants ate umble pie. Umble was changed to humble, which means lowly and meek. By the 1800s it was used regularly to mean apologizing profusely for a humiliating error.
Meaning: a statement made when you’re absolutely sure something will happen.
Origin: Charles Dickens used this expression. If you are 100 percent sure something will happen or an event will take place (or not take place). If the opposite of what you publicly declare happens, you will do something ridiculous – such as eat your hat. You feel safe in promising that you’ll do something if it doesn’t.